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Miyazaki's The Wind Rises to Compete at Venice Int'l Film Fest

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Space Pirate Captain Harlock to screen out of competition at August-September festival

The organizers of the 70th Venice International Film Festival announced on Thursday that Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises anime film will screen in competition at the Italian event, which will be held from August 28 through September 7. Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci is judging the competition.

The Wind Rises opened in Japan on July 20, and the film earned 961 million yen (about US$9.66 million) to top Japan's box office for the weekend. The film centers on Jirō Horikoshi (played by Evangelion director Hideaki Anno), the designer of Japan's famed Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter plane of World War II.

Shinji Aramaki's Space Pirate Captain Harlock CG remake film is screening out of competition. The film is slated to open in Japan on September 7. Also screening out of competition is Sang Il Lee's Yurusarezaru Mono remake of Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven film starring Ken Watanabe.

Screening in the "Orizzonti" category that displays new trends in world cinema is Sion Sono's (Suicide Club, Himizu, All Esper Dayo!) Jigoku de Naze Warui? (Why Don't You Play In Hell?) film starring Jun Kunimura, Gen Hoshino, Fumi Nikaidō, Shinichi Tsutsumi, and Hiroki Hasegawa.

Screening in the Venice Classics category that shows a selection of restored classic films are: Yasujirō Ozu's 1958 film Higanbana (Equinox Flower), Nagisa Ōshima's 1983 film Furyo (Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence), and Noboru Nakamura's 1964 film Yoru no Henrin (The Shape of the Night).

Source: Tokyo Shimbun

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